Recession blamed for rise in Derbyshire road deaths
The number of cyclists and motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Derbyshire's roads has soared in the past 12 months, possibly due to the economic crisis.
I n 2009, 170 motorcyclists were seriously or fatally injured – a third up on the 128 in 2008. And the number of cyclists badly hurt has risen to 57, up 19% from the previous 12 months when the figure was 48.
The rises have led to a 5% overall increase in the total number of fatalities and serious injuries on the region's roads.
Rob Hill, from the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, said the recession might be to blame as drivers and riders look to save cash.
He said: "There has been a steady increase in the number of people buying motorcycles. Some of the increase in usage is because of the economic downturn, because it's cheaper to run motorcycles than cars. People may also be cycling more because it is a cheaper mode of transport."
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